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Books To Read at the Beach

A staff-curated collection of 20 books set on or about the beach. Ideal for you summer shore getaway!

Read our Review of THE FORTUNE HUNTER

A beautiful empress, a handsome horseman, and a clever heiress are joined together in a passionate love triangle that threatens their futures.

Meet Annie Philbrick, Owner of Bank Square Books in Mystic, CT

Learn how Annie makes this newly expanded bookstore a Mystic institution.

Liane Moriarty’s New Novel, BIG LITTLE LIES

Three mothers deal with ex-husbands, raising children, schoolyard scandals, and the lies they are willing to tell to survive.

Summer Titles You Can't Miss

Books perfect for the beach, the park, your bed...anywhere!

An Addictively Suspenseful and Tautly Written Thriller

When Mia Dennett is abducted as part of an extortion plot, the investigation reveals that her perfect socialite family is not what it seems.

Blog

August 21, 2014
One of my favorite parts of my job is conducting interviews for REAL TALK: Publishing. I get to meet people with the most interesting jobs, and, like our readers, get a sneak peek into a side of the...
June 23, 2014
It’s been a week and winter is no longer coming. Whether you are a fan of “Game of Thrones” or are sick of hearing everyone talk about it, the fact remains that the ubiquitous...
June 3, 2014
For those of us who aren’t Stephen King or Donna Tartt, which should be everyone --- unless you are reading this, Stephen or Donna, in which case, hello! --- writing a novel is a strange,...

Coffee Break

An evocative and melancholy novel about one woman's love for both...
a man and an unforgettable city.

CHARLESTON
By Margaret Bradham Thornton

 
 
 

Reviews

Ellen Cooney’s latest novel is the story of two women and a whole pack of dogs who, having lost their way in the world, find a place at a training school --- and radical rescue center --- called the Sanctuary. It is a story of strays and rescues, kidnappings and homecomings, moving on, holding on and letting go. And it is, ultimately, a moving and hilarious chronicle of the ways in which humans and canines help each other find new lives, new selves and new hope.

Twelve-year-old Madan's father works for Avtaar Singh, who owns the largest factory in town and much of the land around it. When Madan’s father's misdeeds jeopardize his sister's life, Madan strikes his first bargain with Avtaar Singh to save her. Drawn into Avtaar Singh's violent world, Madan becomes his son in every way but by blood. Suddenly it looks as if everything will change for Madan and his family until a forbidden love affair has brutal consequences, and he is forced to leave behind all that is dear to him.

One winter morning, a group of workers discover the headless, flayed body of a horse, hanging suspended from the edge of a frozen cliff. There’s something disturbing about this crime that Commandant Martin Servaz can’t ignore. Then DNA from one of the most notorious inmates of an asylum, a highly intelligent former prosecutor accused of killing and raping several women, is found on the horse carcass. And a few days later, the first human murder takes place. A dark story of madness and revenge seems to be unfolding.

I Can See in the Dark by Karin Fossum - Psychological Thriller

Riktor doesn’t like the way the policeman storms into his home without even knocking. He knows he’s guilty of a terrible crime and is sure the policeman has found him out. But when the policeman finally does confront him, Riktor freezes. The man is arresting him for something totally unexpected. Riktor doesn’t have a clear conscience, but the crime he’s being accused of is one he certainly didn’t commit. Can he clear his name without further incriminating himself?

The honeymoon is over for newlywed criminologist Marina Esposito. Her house is in flames. Her detective husband is in a coma. Her baby daughter is missing. And then her phone rings: "I have something you've lost," the voice said. "Your daughter." The voice at the other end wants to play a game. If Marina completes a series of bizarre tasks within three days, she wins her daughter's life. If she fails, her little girl dies.

From the moment she stepped foot in NYC, Addison Stone’s subversive street art made her someone to watch, and her violent drowning left her fans and critics craving to know more.

Seven years ago, Terry Archer and his family experienced a horrific ordeal that nearly cost them their lives. Today, the echoes of that fateful night are still audible. When his daughter, Grace, foolishly follows her delinquent boyfriend into a strange house, the Archers must do more than stay together. They must stay alive. Because now they all have been unwillingly drawn into the shadowy depths of their seemingly idyllic hometown.

Before the experimental surgery that gave her sight, Kendra Michaels developed her other senses to an amazing capacity. Law enforcement agencies clamor for her powers of perception and observation. When Kendra realizes that an apparent traffic accident on San Diego's historic Cabrillo Bridge is in fact a murder scene, she rushes to alert the police. As the body count rises, a gruesome pattern emerges. Someone is killing people in ways that mirror Kendra's most notorious cases…and he is not working alone.

Dollbaby by Laura Lane McNeal - Historical Fiction

When Ibby Bell’s father dies unexpectedly in the summer of 1964, her mother unceremoniously deposits Ibby with her eccentric grandmother, Fannie. Fannie’s New Orleans house is like no place Ibby has ever been --- and Fannie, who has a tendency to end up in the local asylum --- is like no one she has ever met. Fortunately, Fannie’s black cook, Queenie, and her smart-mouthed daughter, Dollbaby, take it upon themselves to initiate Ibby into the ways of the South, both its grand traditions and its darkest secrets.

The Oleander Sisters by Elaine Hussey - Historical Fiction

Beth "Sis" Blake has always been the caretaker, the dutiful one, with the weight of her family's happiness --- and their secrets --- on her shoulders. She dreams of taking off to pursue her own destiny, but not before doing whatever it takes to rescue her sister, Emily, an unwed mother who wants the security of marriage for the sake of her five-year-old son. But secure is the last thing she feels with her new husband. Now she must put aside pride and trust family to help her find the courage to escape.

In the seventh book of Spencer Quinn’s mystery series, canine narrator Chet and P.I. Bernie journey to Washington, DC, and the dog-eat-dog world of our nation’s capital. Soon Chet and Bernie are sucked into an international conspiracy, battling unfamiliar forces under the blinking red eyes of a strange bird and the menacing Barnum, a guinea pig with the fate of the nation in his tiny paws.